Can Berlin meet American expectations?
Germany

Can Berlin meet American expectations?

Angela Merkel’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday is an honour for both the chancellor and Berlin. But her trip to Washington comes at a price, believes Dr. Josef Braml from the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Carnal knowledge: A sex scandal made in Sweden
Sweden

Carnal knowledge: A sex scandal made in Sweden

Classroom warfare has erupted in Sweden as conservative commentators are appalled by what they view as a "try everything" approach to sex education in the nation's schools, writes The Local's Christine Demsteader.

Island thieves bag Viking treasure
Sweden

Island thieves bag Viking treasure

Five hundred Viking era silver artifacts have been plundered from a site of archaeological interest on the Baltic island of Gotland.

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Sweden

Employers concerned by union pay raise demands

Sweden’s unions announced demands on Monday that workers in the manufacturing sector receive a 2.6 percent wage increase, much to the dismay of leading employers' groups.

Victims’ parents planning school shooting hotline
Germany

Victims’ parents planning school shooting hotline

A new foundation being formed to prevent school attacks has announced plans to create an early-warning system and 24-hour hotline for students to report threats.

Losses continue to shrink for Volvo Cars
Sweden

Losses continue to shrink for Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars posted a much improved third quarter result on Monday, losing only $135 million compared with the $458 million the company lost a year ago.

Deutsche Bahn offers eco-tickets for corporate customers
Germany

Deutsche Bahn offers eco-tickets for corporate customers

National rail operator Deutsche Bahn is now offering eco-tickets for corporate customers to encourage sustainable travel, the company announced on Monday.

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Sweden

Couple in their nineties ‘too healthy’ for nursing home

A 99-year-old Swedish woman and her 97-year-old husband have been denied a place at a local living facility for the elderly.

Hugo Boss back in the black
Germany

Hugo Boss back in the black

German clothing retailer Hugo Boss swung back into the black in the third quarter by getting a grip on expenditures, it said on Monday.

New German swine flu cases double in two days
Germany

New German swine flu cases double in two days

The number of new swine flu cases has doubled in the last two days, national disease control and prevention agency the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden to tighten child pornography laws

Sweden's government is meeting on Monday to bring forward new legislation that will prohibit the viewing of child pornography. The centre-right government is also hoping to put in place more rigorous age restrictions regarding the production of pornographic material.

Lax procedures raise risk of accidental abortion
Sweden

Lax procedures raise risk of accidental abortion

Healthy foetuses risk being aborted by mistake due to procedural deficiencies and misinterpreted ultrasounds at Swedish hospitals, a recent investigation shows.

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Sweden

Swedish reporter meets hostile Israeli crowd

Swedish journalist Donald Boström told an angry audience in Israel on Monday that he stood by his calls for an investigation into allegations that the Israeli army harvested the organs of dead Palestinians.

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Sweden

Swede wanted in bribery case arrested in LA

Police in Los Angeles have arrested a Swedish businessman wanted on charges of attempting to bribe a Stockholm police chief.

Schäuble rules out tax reform before 2013
Germany

Schäuble rules out tax reform before 2013

Germany's finance minister ruled out on Monday a major overhaul of the country's complex tax system before 2013, a major election campaign pledge of Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition partners.

Swine flu toddler dies in Swedish hospital
Sweden

Swine flu toddler dies in Swedish hospital

A 3-year-old boy suffering from the swine flu died at the weekend at the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm, infuriating the child’s parents who had sought care for him earlier in the week.

Emotional strain ends former Stasi prisoner’s live re-enactment
Germany

Emotional strain ends former Stasi prisoner’s live re-enactment

Former Stasi prison inmate Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel has broken off a week-long live performance art re-enactment of his internment over the weekend due psychological distress, organisers have announced.

Thirteen injured in military base accident
Germany

Thirteen injured in military base accident

A German soldier accidentally rammed his car into a troop of other soldiers in the early morning darkness, injuring 13 military personnel, seven seriously, a defence ministry spokesman said Monday.

Man freed from cave after nine-hour ordeal
Germany

Man freed from cave after nine-hour ordeal

A researcher was rescued early on Monday morning after being trapped underground for some nine hours in a cave in the Westerwald region, police in the German state of Hesse reported.

Heirs bid to end Stieg Larsson inheritance row
Sweden

Heirs bid to end Stieg Larsson inheritance row

Relatives of Stieg Larsson, the late Swedish author of the popular "Millennium" crime novels, have offered his former girlfriend 20 million kronor ($2.8 million) to settle a protracted inheritance dispute.

Crime experts suggest ban on biker gangs
Germany

Crime experts suggest ban on biker gangs

A organization representing German police officers has called for a ban on biker gangs, following a weekend of violence between the Hells Angels and Bandidos, daily Rheinische Post reported.

Berlin Wall rebuilt in Los Angeles
Germany

Berlin Wall rebuilt in Los Angeles

Twenty years after a seismic jolt of history sent it tumbling down, a section of the Berlin Wall has been rebuilt in Los Angeles, offering residents a glimpse of the brutal Cold War frontier that once divided Europe.

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Sweden

Israelis protest arrival of ‘organ theft’ journalist

Dozens of Israeli protesters on Sunday expressed their anger at the arrival of controversial Swedish journalist Donald Boström, who accused Israeli soldiers of harvesting organs from dead Palestinians.